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About development of new websites
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May 2018

Going for a new website is an issue, on which people generally ask a lot of questions. This is because options and variations are one of the largest in this field of business. Whether it be a dynamic site or a static one, whether it is for something highly technical or something for information only, we take special care to see that our sites always combine highest global technology and aesthetics of refined taste. So, every website that rolls out of our house speaks for itself, not only for its technicality, but also for its highly artistic looks.

Our designs are original, because we do not use templates like many other developers do. We create every design from the scratch on our own and show the customer through a temporary or final URL for their approval, unless they suggest some particular design conceived by them or choose to copy the design of any existing site. Only for very low cost websites we sometimes use similar design or formatting, but those are also our original designs, not imported from a template or copied from some other site.

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS :
Who needs a website ?

In the present days, any company, organisation, business or an individual engaged in any profession almost compulsorily needs a website. So, almost any activity on this earth actually needs a website to share info, gain popularity, increase profit and increase social status.

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What about mobile friendliness of the site ?

As per the present trend, we have made it compulsory, that all websites are now interactive and are equally responsive for all kinds of devices, i.e., iPhones, smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop PCs, smartTVs, etc.

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How much can a website cost ?

NOTE : There are various options of getting discounts on charges that might range from 10% to even 60% depending upon methods and frequencies of making payments. In some cases, making monthly, quarterly or half yearly payments instead of annual payments might work out to be cheaper (generally it's the other way round in the business world). The options are many, and are difficult to put down in short, so, a discussion with us is welcome.

The various costs are as follows :

SINGLE WEBPAGE:
(Domainless Subfoldered Single Webpage with limitation of contents for basic web existence)
(Example, www. webpages .com/ fairdeal for 'FairDeal Pvt Ltd', where it is not registered as www. fairdeal .com, but it is under the mother host webpages .com, as a sub-section)
US$ 30 or INR 2,100 in the first year;
US$ 15 or INR 1,100 every year, 2nd year onwards.
STANDARD STATIC WEBSITES:
('Static' stands for non-dynamic)
(Uses dedicated domain names like, www.fairdeal.com, www.fairdeal.net, www.fairdeal.org, www.fairdeal.in, etc.)
Anywhere between US$ 124 or INR 8,500 to US$ 870 or INR 60,000 in the first year;*
Anywhere between US$ 80 or INR 5,500 to US$ 366 or INR 25,000 every year 2nd year onwards.*
DYNAMIC WEBSITES:
(Portals for Shopping, Ticketing, etc. and various kinds of eCommerce and other sites that are user end interactive)
More details under Special Notes below.
Anywhere between US$ 175 or INR 12,000 to US$ 3,500 or INR 2,40,000 in the first year;*
Anywhere between US$ 146 or INR 10,000 to US$ 730 or INR 50,000 every year, 2nd year onwards.*

*For higher amounts, various kinds of instalment payment options are available based on certain terms & conditions.

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Optional Services after Website Development :
1.
Website Maintenance Contract (Annual / Quarterly options) or else time to time editing will be chargeable. The Maintenance Contract also helps in a way, that the site is constantly monitored against malwares (sometimes accidentally uploaded even by the client himself if it is a user end editable site), hacking, etc, and anything unwanted gets removed immediately.
2.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Click HERE to know more, and click the back button of your browser to return to this page after reading that. Do not click on the Back button there, which will take you to our main website.
3.
Digital Marketing (to promote the Website).
4.
Mobile Apps (iOS/ Android) Development for the site.

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Special Notes :

While most website development companies work on the basis of quotation submitted on request from the customer, some offer various kinds of “Package Schemes” for standard and low end customers. However, for the high end customers, the scheme is always tailored as per requirement.

In order to get an idea of how costing is done, let us first discuss a bit about the basics of website. Primarily, there are two kinds of websites, static and dynamic. Static sites are those, where all the pages have fixed views (just like a hard copy document), and unless the developer makes any changes through back end editing, the viewer cannot make any change or interact with the page in any way. So, all low cost sites are essentially static. Dynamic sites are much more expensive, and are full of features. For this reason, most of the high utility sites are dynamic sites. There are several kinds of dynamic programmes available, and it is important to know exact what the customer wants his site to do.

Some of the common dynamic features are, password protected login by the user (for collecting info, messaging, editing, and hundreds of other purposes), sorting items and shortlisting them (as in shopping carts of online stores), making payments or receiving money through payment gateway, high security features (as in bank sites where people check balance, transact, and do various other work that call for toughest security), linking with offline database (as in cases of flight, train, movie ticket booking), polling (voting), tracking a document (as in sites of courier companies) auto sorting of text data or photo in a chart by several criteria (alphabetical, reverse alphabetical, by date, by last upload, etc), posting comments and likes (as in social network sites), etc. The developmental charges of a dynamic site mounts up per dynamic programme (or feature, as commonly termed) and the hosting charges (i.e., amount of space required by the site on the server) also mount up as the associated database/s get heavier and heavier. There is only one programme which is interactive with the user, but it is sort of ‘semi dynamic’ in nature, and can be incorporated in static sites too. That is a ‘Feedback Form’ (commonly found in the contact pages of most sites) where people can type in a message and click on send without using emails.

Finally, as a point of caution, always avoid falling into the trap of those kind of ads which claim to give you a website at an unbelievable price which is even lower than the basic cost of development at the developers’ end including the cost of registering a domain or creating a minimum hosting which are essential elements. Most of these companies do this as a temporary promo offer or just to take the customer for a ride, but they do not tell you about it at the beginning. Later, they recover the money through various kinds of tricks or excuses, and the customer ultimately pays up more than what they would have paid to the other company whom they thought were charging more. Once you get into the hands of these kinds of companies, it is difficult to come out as the domain name has gone in their hands and you have already printed that website address in your office stationeries and have circulated to others in various ways. These companies know how to bend cyber laws, and unless the customer himself has lots of powers, things may take a long long time to get settled and normalised through other service providers. Some of the companies are totally fake too and just run away with the money. If they do such businesses in their own city or own country, they keep changing company names and addresses from time to time, and if they do only international business, they sometimes carry on under the same name for several years.

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How much time does it take to launch a site after placing the order ?

An average static website of some 5 to 10 pages generally takes about 5 to 7 working days to be online, provided the required data is supplied by the client in time. Rock bottom low cost websites, domainless small websites, etc that are of 1 to 3 pages may get lauched within 24 to 48 hours. Dynamic websites take much longer time to be ready online. Depending on the intricacies and number of dynamic programmes incorporated, it might take some 30 to 90 days time.

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What is the process of maintaining a website and what are the one time and recurring charges ?

To answer this question, a very important point need to be clarified first. The last date of yearly renewal is fully dependent on the validity of the domain (for dedicated URL websites) or the date of creating the subfolder (for domainless websites). As soon as a domain gets registered or a subfolder is created in a mother host, the days start counting. Any delay of providing required data from the customer results in unnecessary loss of days, because the yearly renewal will come in its own time. It won't wait for the day when the website is completed or the customer formally inaugurates it. We have faced questions like, "My site was launched about Nine months back... How come you have sent a reminder for renewal now ?" Our answer had been like, "Your domain was registered in March last year, but you took about three months time in getting your photos, videos and text contents ready, and so the site was finally published in June. You can check the correspondences we had on the issue during those three months. Domain renewal is something on which no support provider has any hand."

The recurring charges (mentioned as 'every year, 2nd year onwards' in the pricing section above) are, renewal of domain, renewal of hosting (including associated database/s and business emails, if any), periodical maintenance charges, special editing charges if any, and any additional input introduced later (like, more space, new database, additional domain/s auto forwarded to the primary domain, etc.),

The following points may also be noted :

1.
Renewing a domain much earlier than due date does not change the next year's renewal date, so no day is lost. Any domain can be renewed any time throughout the year. In fact, it is safer to pay early instead of waiting for the last moment in case there be any hassle.
2.
A domain can be renewed for any number of years at a time (say, upto 10 years), and during this period, any increase in price does not affect the customer.

The first year charges include the designing and developmental charges of the website in addition to almost all the recurring charges (obviously except the new inputs) as mentioned in the previous paragraph above (just that the words 'registration', 'booking', 'creation', etc are used in place of 'renewal', but the charges are generally exactly the same).

If the site is made client editable (essentially a dynamic site with additional charges), then the clients can edit the site themselves by logging in from the front end.

For sites that are updated very frequently, we create a datewise table of update logs on the opening page itself with clickable shortcuts to reach the updated section directly, which enables the visitors to take a look at the recent updates at a glance.

In cases of clients whose sites are very active, we create a password protected info and support panel (free of cost) where everything is on record. The sections of that panel vary depending upon the volume and frequency of interaction between us and the client. Some of the common sections are:

Statement (Daily/ Weekly/ Monthly/ Half Yearly/ Annual) for clients who require some regularised payments from their side or some regularised actions from our side. The statement also includes archive of old statements from the beginning of time.
Domain calendar with date and amount (for clients who own a large number of domains which are renewed during different times of the year).
Message Inbox (for clients with whom we need to communicate frequently on various issues).

...and so on.

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About Payments :

As per general rule, 50% of the developmental charges and 100% of the recurring charges are payable while placing an order. The designing and contents for proof checking and time to time progress are shown to the customer either at the site itself (if it is not announced to the public yet) or through a temporary URL in a subfolder in a mother host.

The balance payment must be made within 3 working days from the date of completion (and uploading to the actual URL if a temporary hosting was being used), otherwise the site will be blocked and will be opened only after clearance of the full amount. This same rule is followed for delays in making any kind of payment at any point of time.

It is also important to make the renewal payments in time. Failure in making a timely payment can cause temporary or permanent loss of the website and all associated inputs, and additional redemption charges (treated as penalty) may get imposed depending upon various factors and time durations.

Two more points can be kept in mind regarding renewals. They are as follows :

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Apart from yearly renewals, it is possible to make renewals for 2 to 10 years in any particular year. No discount is available by doing so, but future price increases won't affect, and no additional money will be required to be paid on such accounts during the validity periods of such renewals. Domain prices and certain other costs fluctuate heavily, and in some years there are considerable increases, which will not affect the customer.
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It is always safer and simpler to make renewal payments early rather than paying at the last hour. It may be noted, that by making an early payment, the next renewal date does not change, so no day is lost. Suppose the last date of renewal is 31st March, if you renew it in January, your last date for next renewal will still remain as 31st March in the next year, so you will not lose two months inbetween.

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What is the method of making payments ?

Various options have come into being now and may be followed as per individual choices of customers, but bank to bank transfer is the most preferred method, and there are some additional options for home (Indian) clients, like depositing cash, sending a cheque through courier service, etc.

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